Thursday, August 2, 2007
Jade Pearl Rice: It's Green!
A couple of weeks ago, Tanya and I went to St. Lawrence Market looking for quinoa, which is more elusive than you would think. We finally found it at Rube's Rice downstairs. Also at Rube's was this crazy-looking green rice called Jade Pearl. I had hoped that it was a breed of rice that grows green right on the plant, but it's actually white rice infused with bamboo extract, which lends the colour. At $14.30/kg, it was the most expensive rice there, but I had to try it.
I cooked it in my rice cooker with plain water and served it with homemade Indian aloo gobi. On the little label at Rube's, it said: "when cooked produces the aroma of a bamboo forest, a light vanilla taste, and an explosion of health-giving nutrients". I could sense the vanilla, but I'm not sure if I would have picked it out if I didn't know already. I thought it tasted like tea -- very earthy.
Pairing it with the Indian curry probably wasn't such a good idea. I think a Thai curry would have made more sense. The rice was interesting and very pretty on the plate, but I don't think I'll want to have it again. Like the black chicken, I think that it's eaten for its nutrients rather than its taste. Which is not a bad reason to eat something, but I'm a hedonist.
I love discovering food that I've never seen before. Black chicken, green rice; I wonder what will be next?